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January/February 1997
The Thrill is Alive
Despite the highly publicized frustrations, newspaper work remains an exciting and satisfying profession for many reporters and editors.   > read more
By  Carole Rich
Wake Me When It's Over
The 1996 presidential campaign was a lackluster affair. The news media didn't do much to help.   > read more
By  Howard Kurtz
An Affair to Ignore
Why did a story about Bob Dole's dalliance get so little play?   > read more
By  Susan Paterno
The Web That Gary Spun
The San Jose Mercury News' series on the CIA, the contras and crack cocaine was 1996's most controversial piece of journalism. Reporter Gary Webb broke new ground, but did he go too far?   > read more
By  Alicia C. Shepard
The Cable Guy
Fast-rising NBC star Brian Williams' decision to become the anchor on the 24-hour news network MSNBC speaks volumes about how television news is changing.   > read more
By  Marc Gunther
On the Other End of the Story
How the Kobe earthquake shook one journalist's view of journalism.   > read more
By  Jane Harrigan
Message From the Lower Regions
An alert reader found this under a pile of brimstone.   > read more
By  Reese Cleghorn
Why Journalism Still Rules
Despite the angst and the obstacles, the newspaper business offers opportunities to do great work, and have a good time doing it.   > read more
By  Rem Rieder
Predictable Reports on Consumer Rip-offs
Local TV excels at those, but produces few in-depth investigations.   > read more
By  Lou Prato
Copyright Protection For Databases
Recent proposals to extend such property rights are misguided.   > read more
By  Jane Kirtley
Saving Money, But at a Price
By cutting back on unprofitable circulation, newspapers may blow an opportunity to attract more national ads.   > read more
By  John Morton
Salinger's Flight 800 Theory Draws Flak   > read more
By  David Evans
Writers Waiting to be Paid   > read more
By  Penny Pagano
Pursuing and Capturing a Dream   > read more
By  Lori Robertson
The Risky World of Sports Photography   > read more
By  J.D. Harris
Journalism Comes to Paradise   > read more
By  Van Kornegay
The Reader's Digest Drama in Real Life
American Dreamers:
The Wallaces and Reader's Digest, An Insider's Story

By Peter Canning
Simon & Schuster   > read more
Book review by  Carl Sessions Stepp
Hamill Returns   > read more
By  Sinéad OBrien
Bylines   > read more
By  Suzan Revah
Cliché corner   > read more
By  Suzan Revah